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this is cbs-3 "eyewitness news." now on "eyewitness news" at noon, chopper three shows the damage left behind after a peco substation caught fire yesterday at north philadelphia. power is still out for some. slowly being restored for thousands of people, who are left in the dark after the blaze. right now about 2300 outages remain. >> i'm jim donovan. >> i'm rahel solomon.
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generators are on their way. >> jan carabeo spoke with residents still dealing with the inconvenience. >> reporter: major repairs now needed at this peco substation in north philadelphia. after a massive fire here melted the equipment into a pile of metal. the first order of business for workers, though, restoring power to the estimated 36,000 customers who were initially left in the dark. >> peco made steady progress overnight, with thousands of customers remaining powerless into the morning, and that may made getting ready for work a challenge. >> like getting dressed, flames like in the bedroom. >> getting to work, a bit frustrating, too. philly police directed traffic at intersections without stop lights. philadelphia high school for girls, and ew roads middle school remained closed because of power outages there. >> peco crews working around the clock and nonstop to get our customers restored. >> reporter: you can see how much damage this did.
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peco officials will return to the substation to take a look what's left behind and try to figure out a cause of this fire. the high voltage fire broke out on the 2600 block of west westmoreland street around 2:00 tuesday afternoon. thick black smoke caused the evacuation of one apartment complex, and some nearby homes damage. fortunately no one was hurt, despite the inconvenience of losing power, some say the local scenario could have been worse. >> this is really light wait, okay,. >> in north philadelphia, jan carabeo, cbs-3, "eyewitness news." the second time in less than two weeks the jewish community center in wilmington, delaware has had a bomb scare. told employees received bomb threat by e-mail overnight. authorities evacuated around 9:00 this morning, employees weren't allowed back in until the scene was cleared about an hour laterment similar situation happened last month when the center received a threat over the phone. meantime, the rewards now stands at $74,000 for
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information in the vandalism after jewish cemetery in philadelphia. this video from last month when sandals had knocked over hundreds of gravestones at the mount carmel cemetery frankford avenue, northeast detective are asking anyone with information to come forward. >> we're following some developing news out of north philadelphia, chopper three, over the 2,000 block of diamond street, where medics rushed a two year old boy and a 36 year old woman who is believed to be the child's mother to the hospital after the mother jumped from second story window. now this happened around 10:30 this morning, the baby is in stable condition at st. christopher hospital. the woman was taken to temple university hospital. she in critical condition at this hour. organizers of the massive women's march on washington are spear heading another effort, calling a day without women. they're urging women to take the day off and not spends money to show their economic impact. >> here in philadelphia, some teachers are using the day to bring the attention that they've been working for five years without a contract. "eyewitness news" reporter trang do shows us the protest
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in kensington. >> what do we want? >> contract. >> whether do we want it? >> now. >> on this day without woman about two dozen people picketed, to speak out about the teachers lack of a contract for the past five years. >> the best has to be made clear. >> philadelphia federation of teachers says it is an issue that affect thousands of women. >> we need to prove that we are a big part of this economy, and we're big part of our nation. >> 75% of pse's members are women. working without a contract, teachers say, they've been subject today a pay freeze, and have lost out on tens of thousand of dollars in raises they were promised. >> people are out like ten, $15,000, and they're leaving the city, leaving the district for other district. >> working all night, working all weekend. >> karen toll, codeine of students, said she had to take up seconds job. >> i can barely afford my bills, so took to driving uber, been using it to supplement my income so i can use it for the kids.
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>> the mayor wants a contract, i want a contract. >> superintendent doctor william hite says the contract impasse is not due to lack of effort on either side. he says the school district has $150 million offer on the table. >> we put that on the table, but we also have to understand that we cannot put the future of the district in peril by agreeing to things that we will not have the ability to fund down the road. >> the pft held additional ticket at schools across the city. in kensington, trang do, cbs 3, "eyewitness news." early this morning president trump took to twitter acknowledging international women's day. the president tweeted i have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy. in another tweet, he said on international women's day join me in honoring the critical roles of women here in america and around the world. meanwhile president trump is throwing his full weight behind the latest gop plan to
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repeal and replace the affordable care act. republicans unveiled the bill yesterday, but it is already receiving resistance from members inside their own party. cbs correspondent craig boswell has more from capitol hill. >> debate has already gun and two congressional committees on the republican plan to replace obamacare. >> families are facing over $10,000 deductibles in many cases because of the unworkable mandates in taxes in this bill. and republicans guarantee that the 20 million who have insurance today will continue to have health insurance under their plan, clearly not. but some republicans say they can't support the plan because it keeps some taxes and the expansion of medicaid. >> there is leadership plan that was brought forward, which i believe, when you look through it, is obamacare in a different form. >> with democrats united in their opposition to repeal obamacare, the margins for republicans to push through any repeal and replace plan are very slim, that means, gop leadership has work to do to win over the skeptics. >> if they don't have 218
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votes there will be a negotiation, could serve at a seat at the table. >> president trump promised to personally work with house republicans to make sure it meets their standards, and he sent vice president pence to capitol hill tuesday to start negotiations. house speaker paul ryan is confident the bill will make it through congress. >> promise we made to the american people is we're going to repeal and replace obamacare because we made that promise, i'm confident we will make -- >> but in the rush to get something done, there are still questions remaining unanswered, such as how much the plan will cost, and how it will be funded. craig boswell, cbs-3, "eyewitness news." gloomy skies are clearing out to make room for sunny afternoon, but will be getting windy, meteorologist lauren casey live on the cbs-3 skydeck, and also a chance for some snow headed our way. >> absolutely, but no snow? site right now. it is beautiful. after a gloomy start to the day, about six hours ago, the clouds are in place, some light rain was coming down,
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but now dealing with all sunshine. we did pick up on some pretty puny rainfall totals. but did start the day with some slick spots. check out doppler radar estimated rainfall totals across the area. picking up generally less than .10 of an inch in most spots across the last 24 hours, but now, just dealing with sunshine, storm scan3, showing us, that rain has cleared on out across much of the area. we will continue to deal with sunshine with the development of a few clouds as we head into the second half of the day. if i can get my collector work, i think it just want to stay out here and pan right now. as we head into the second half of the day, temperatures will be on the stable side, staying in the upper 50's, to low six 60s. and we will keep that sunshine around into the second half of the day. quiet for tomorrow. but then the bottom falls out as we head into the next couple of days. we will talk about those snow chances, when it expect high temperatures only in the 30's coming up. >> thank you, lauren. well, in other news today, in celebration of national breakfast week, the school district of philadelphia's highlighting kensington elementary school for its
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successful breakfast program. "eyewitness news" at ha brown elementary school where mayor jim kenney and school district administrators were on hand this morning. students there serve breakfast in their classroom daily. some think superintendent william hite says is vital to successful learning. >> if children are not eating breakfast, it is the most important meal of the day, particularly for young learners, and that is really important that we provide that at school. >> ha brown elementary is one of 40 district schools that serve breakfast to more than 07% of their students. well, coming up on cbs-3 "eyewitness news," he dropped out of school and went onto become a famous billionaire. but that school is now inviting him back. who is it? we'll tell you coming up next. >> and terrifying incident overnight. details on the crime inside this home that sent newborn baby to a local hospital. >> and is freedom in o.j. simpson's near future? the crucial meet that could determine his release from prison.
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>> search is on for group of suspect who terrorized a woman and newborn baby. three mask men broke into home 4500 block of north 18th street overnight. the suspect allegedly forced two, 17 year old girls, into the basement, and forced a third woman upstairs. the mother said the intruders pointed gun at her then through her baby to the ground. they got away with $3,500 cash. the baby list in the stable condition at einstein medical center. >> o.j. simpson could get out of press noon few months if a
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parole hearing goes his way. the hearing will likely take place in july and depending on the outcome simpson could be out as soon as october 1st. simpson was acquit in the 1995, in the slayings of his ex-wife nicole simpson and her boyfriends. serving nine to 33 year sentence in 2007 armed robbery. >> mark zuckerberg is going back to harvard 11 years after dropping out of sophomore to work on facebook. will deliver the university's commencement amount dress, will also be presented with an honorary degree and wear his gown. well, on the health watch this noon, more american adults are not trying to lose weight.
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>> researchers say it has become more socially acceptable to be overweight, reducing motivation. >> well, standing tall. still ahead on "eyewitness news": >> he's not a record breaker yet, even though he wears a size 32. finds out how much more to see to break that record next. lauren? >> spring like day today, big changes in store, we head into the upcoming weekends, arctic air is arriving, high temperatures only in the 30's for both saturday and sunday, saturday will feature sunshine, saturday night late saturday night early sunday morning daylight saving team, gain extra hour of sunlight by sunday evening, but on sunday, the storm system to our south could impact the area, watching for chance of potential snowfall. we will talk more about in your full eyewitness forecast coming up.
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>> some incredible video of destruction left behind by powerful tornado in miss your. >> i a drone over oak road where nearly 500 homes and businesses were damaged, the powerful tornado that struck monday night. >> now this is what the damage looks like on the ground, residents spent the day yesterday cleaning up, by gathering twisted metal and debris, patricia said her family's dream house was gutted from the inside out, her son, was actually in a second floor bedroom, when the tornado hit.
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>> he said, by god, where are we at? what's going on. >> how he survived, look at that house, the national weather service rated the tornado a ef3. which has wind speeds of 150 miles per hour. lauren what's that, middle range, high range? it sounds like adoze. >> i crazy, think about a hurricane, category five, winds of 155 miles per hour. so, it looks like basically category hurricane. >> incredible. our weather, much quieter, breezy conditions, have some sunshine, could see redevelopment of few clouds, but otherwise. >> nod going to feel so good in a couple of days, breaking out the winter coat once again, but certainly don't need that parka right now, live look at center city philadelphia, blue skies, as far as the eye can see. 58 degrees right now.
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>> mild conditions today, mild tomorrow. then the cooling trends begins specially as we head into friday. >> two chances for snow chances friday and again sunday, storm scan3 showing us rain moved out early in the morning, sunshine overtaking the delaware valley, few clouds developing up wind, couple of sprinkles across north central pennsylvania. and as we look at the wind speeds, the most active element of our weather right now, win speeds up around 16, 21, 23 miles per hour, with some higher gusts, up into the 30-mile per hour range, and we will keep those elevated wind speeds as we head into the second half of the afternoon today. temperatures, right now, very mild, all of our reporting sites, 57 degrees, allentown, 59 in wilmington, 58 degrees our current temperature in millville. so, for today, 63 degrees, our high temperature, started the day in the 60s mostly sin, windy, tonight, mostly clear, colder dropping back to
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42 degrees, still well above our average low, and winds will start to relax a bit throughout the overnight period. so, talking about those snow chances, looking at a potential for a rain and snow transition, as we head into friday, some accumulation possible, i-95, point north and west, and we will see secondary system approaching monday, latest model runs, keep the storm system to our south. and most of the measurable snowfall to our south as well, but that could change, as we know, so stay tuned to that evolving forecast for the upcoming weekends. we'll concentrate on the first chance of snowfall late thursday night, early friday morning, snowfall breaking out across berks county, lehigh valley, poconos, where likely all snow will fall mainly through this event. then notice 6:00 hour friday morning, i-95, rainfall and then transitioning over to some snow, mainly rain across south jersey and shore points, where we could see few flakes from the back edge before all of this moisture starts to move on out. few residual snow showers into the second half of the morning, and then things will
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start to taper off, but we still could see few scattered snow showers into friday afternoon. what it looks like right now, we will see the most significant and significant in quotes snowfall totals across portions of the poconos, upward of three plus inches are possible, i think lehigh valley, berks county, far northwestern suburbs, maybe one to 3 inches of snowfall through this event on friday. and potentially coating, maybe, an inch at best, although at this point it looks hard to get along the i59 corridor on friday. so we're talking about snowfall, but spring is just on the corner. can you believe it? it begins monday. march 20th, that's our vernal equinox, something to look forward to. less than two weeks time. tomorrow not a bad day, mostly sunny, breezy, 58 degrees, and then colder on friday, 43 degrees, but that chance of a rain-snow mix. then we are cold for the upcoming weekends, high temperatures only in the 30's, springing forward with the snow chance to watch on sunday, and it looks like we're chill toy kick off next week. that's crazy, like 30 degrees. >> uh-huh. >> hey, i won't complain.
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we've had it very mild. >> true. enjoy today while we have it. >> indeed. michigan teenager inches away from being the wormed's tallest man. >> wait until you see his shoes. nineteen year old brock is 7 feet 9 inches tall. he has a condition that prevent his bod fry knowing whether to stop growing. he wears a size 32, and as you might imagine, they're hard to find, and clothes that fit are apparently even harder to find. >> it is hard to find him clothing. we have to go on line the majority of the time. once in a wheel we can find shirts and things like that, that's a little easier. but, you know, for pant, it is difficult to find pant that are long enough for him. >> brock is just 7 inches short of being the world's tallest man. >> that poor kid. i mean, think about it, i mean, cars, planes, just sitting into just regular size things? >> you know, we have that store big and tall on 69th street i used to pass it in high school? >> always looking on the bright side, lauren, thank
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you. just ahead, local zoo wants to hear from you about their newest zoo baby. >> oh, ya.
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get the best. go to getfios.com >> coming up later today on "eyewitness news" at 5:00 thinking of selling or getting rid of your own cell phone? you may be shocked to know how much it could reveal about you. we'll show you what you need to do to protect your privacy coming up today at 5:00. well, elmwood park zoo in norristown needs your help, naming two of its two do-able
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residents. >> take a look, the zoo is asking the public to e-mail them suggested names for two newborns, the male and female cubs clearly so adorable were born on january 24, will make public debut this summer. for more information on how you can participate go to our website cbsphilly.com. any takers? >> cumulus and sewer us? >> like true meteorologist over here. >> i'm going to say chiller. >> why? >> why would you name an animal -- the poor thing? >> very tongue and cheek, very cute animals, killer, because they're clearly not. >> that's "eyewitness news" at noon, i'm jim donovan. >> i'm rahel solomon, for all of us here, thanks for watching. >> "eyewitness news" continues at a . always on line at cbsphilly.com. >> got t the young and the restless is next. have a great day everybody. >> ♪ >> ♪ >> ♪ >> ♪
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>> billy: homework in public? what are you doing? >> reed: whatever. >> billy: didn't know this is how a, uh, headliner prepares for his triumphant return engagement. >> reed: it's only an open mic night at the underground. >> billy: well, at least you're not grounded anymore. >> reed: yeah, i know, right? >> billy: your mom's really excited about the show. she keeps telling everybody "how talented my son is." >> reed: i don't know what exactly happened, but her switch really got flipped. i mean, it's like she's a totally different person. you know, she even asked me to play for her. >> billy: yeah, she told me that, too. >> reed: it was a shock, but like -- like a good shock. >> billy: yeah. >> reed: but you know what the coolest part was? >> billy: hit me. >> reed: she didn't seem surprised that i was any good. >> billy: well, your mom's

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